New Zealand win series after India’s third ODI washed out



Christchurch: New Zealand won their series 1-0 against India after the third and final One Day International match in Christchurch on Wednesday was abandoned.

Rennes forced players out of Hagley Oval after the 18th over from New Zealand’s chase, with the hosts 104-1 after India were dismissed for 219 in the 48th minute.

Play never resumed, meaning there was no result as the Black Caps need to have faced each other at least 20 times in order to score an official match.

New Zealand were well positioned to press for victory thanks to opening stands of 97 between Finn Allen (57) and Devon Conway (38 not out).

However, the result gives the Black Caps a series win that cements their place as the best ODI team in the world 10 months after the World Cup in India.

After winning the first match in Auckland by seven wickets, the remaining two matches were bowled out, including the second match in Hamilton which lasted just 13 runs.

Wicketkeeper Tom Latham said his New Zealand side could draw a lot of confidence from Wednesday’s abandoned game.

“I thought we bowled fantastically. Obviously winning the toss there was a little helping wicket and the guys managed to get something out of it,” he said.

“The way Finn and Devon went out and played, I thought they took in a little bit of the pressure at first.

“Then I thought Finn played beautifully and it was a great start for these two.” Allen’s fourth ODI half-century featured eight fours and one six.

His aggression was in contrast to the more vigilant approach of the Indian higher order.

Recovering bowlers Adam Milne and Daryl Mitchell each took three wickets as the Black Caps used a seam-based attack to good effect on Hagley’s green oval.

Dropped for the second leg, Milne (3-57) celebrated his call-up with a sharp opening stint that claimed openers Shubman Gill and Shekhar Dhawan, before returning later to cheaply remove menace Suryakumar Yadav.

Indians bowler Washington Sundar scored 51 off 64 balls, reviving an innings that had been languishing at 121-5 when he reached the crease on Day 26.

India plays the first of their three international matches against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Sunday.

New Zealand’s next task is a two-Test series in Pakistan starting just after Christmas.

Deepak Hooda fell for India on 149, and they were in danger of being within striking distance of 200. But Washington showed his batting chops for the second time in the series after an unbeaten 16-ball 37 in the first ODI and added fine runs with the tail before becoming the last man to fall.


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